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NASCAR Will Shut Down DuSable Lake Shore Drive For Days. Here Are All The Street Closures You Should Know About

The NASCAR Street Race is slated for July 1-2 in Grant Park, but parking and road restrictions are in effect weeks before and after the event.

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Your Guide To LGBTQ+ Family Resources: Foster Programs, Health Centers, Parent Groups, Legal Aid And More

Here's a roundup of nearly 50 resources for LGBTQ+ families in Chicago, from housing support and health care services to social justice and skateboarding groups.


Chicago Street Ambassadors Return Downtown This Summer To Help Visitors — And Deter Crime

The Chicago Loop Alliance will expand its team to 40 ambassadors starting June 5. They are unarmed and have been professionally trained in how to de-escalate situations.


The Record Track Will Give Away Thousands Of CDs, DVDs And VHS Tapes On Record Store Day

Plus: Find out how record shops are celebrating Record Store Day across Chicago.

South Chicago, East Side

Century And Consumers Buildings Could Become Chicago Landmarks As Federal Officials Move To Demolish Them

Preservationists have argued the two buildings should be converted into an archive. The federal government will have the final say on what to do.


NASCAR’s Plan To Cut Down On Noise: Muffled Race Cars, No Camping Out And 10 PM Shutdowns

The race has been controversial among residents, who have argued little has been revealed about the event's logistics.


The Budlong Hot Chicken Returns With New Owner, Menu — And Plans For 100 More Restaurants

Budlong's locations in Lincoln Square, Lincoln Park, the Loop and Hyde Park will host grand reopening events next week with discounts on food.

Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park

Brown Line Riders Evacuated After Power Outage Stops Train, Shuts Down Purple Line During Rush Hour

The electrified third rail failed, stalling a Brown Line train near Merchandise Mart, Fire Department officials said. Riders were helped down to a catwalk next to the tracks to make it back to the station.


15 Things To Do In Chicago For St. Patrick’s Day: Parades, Bar Crawls, Irish Film Fest And More

From Irish music concerts to block parties, we've got you covered.


Here Are Chicago’s 7 Most Endangered Buildings And Destinations

Preservation Chicago's 2023 list of endangered buildings includes the Century and Consumer Buildings, Taft Hall and Jeffery Theater Building and Spencer Arms Hotel.


Taste Of Chicago Not Listed In Grant Park Summer Plans As NASCAR, Lolla Take Over

Grant Park will be booked 84 days between May 18 and Aug. 13 to stage events. The Taste, a Chicago tradition since 1980, does not appear on the schedule, and a plan to relocate it is on hold.


Semicolon Bookstore’s Loop Pop-Up Extended For Women’s History Month

Narrative features numerous books authored by women of color, with the space made to feel like a "literal dream."


Chicago’s Undocumented Students And Teachers Need More Protections, Better Bilingual Services, Teachers Union Says

CPS and its charter schools were already struggling with a lack of bilingual staff and resources before asylum-seekers were sent to Chicago, CTU leaders said. It's unclear how many school-aged migrant children have come to the area.


Semicolon Bookstore Debuts Loop Pop-Up Hotel For Black History Month

The pop-up inside The Kimpton Gray Hotel will be open through the end of the month featuring all women authors of color.


Downtown Has A New Ward: The 34th. Meet The Candidates Who Want To Be Its First Alderman

Jim Ascot, a commercial real estate broker, and Bill Conway, a Navy veteran and former prosecutor, are going head to head to represent the newly drawn ward covering parts of Downtown and the West Loop.

West Loop

Promontory Point Repairs Get $5 Million Boost From City As Officials Pledge To Preserve Its Iconic Limestone

The funding kicks off the planning and design process for the Point, which may soon be named a Chicago landmark. City and federal agencies will seek design proposals to preserve its "historic nature" later this year.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Central (1st) Police District Council Candidates

The district includes parts of Downtown, South Loop and Near South Side. Here are the candidates.

South Loop

Downtown Ald. Brendan Reilly, Who Fought The Casino, Wants Lightfoot Out As He Eyes 5th Term In 42nd Ward

The 42nd Ward alderman, first elected in 2007, has never faced an opponent in four reelection bids. In his next term, he wants to kill the deal to bring NASCAR races Downtown streets.


Lin Brehmer, Radio Legend For Decades At WXRT, Dies At 68

Brehmer, whose radio career included stints in New York and Minnesota, has been a familiar voice on WXRT since 1984, when he became the station's music director. 


Drivers Caught On Camera Blocking Bike Lanes Downtown Could Soon Be Ticketed

A proposed ordinance would have cameras added on CTA buses and light posts to catch drivers parked illegally in bike lanes, bus lanes and loading zones — and they'd be ticketed.

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